The Minnesota Daily

All content by Matthew Hoy

Tackling the ALEC problem

December 9, 2013

My editor sent out an email last week about the semester’s last columns. He asked columnists to write on something we are passionate about and hit it hard. It’s in that spirit that I’m...

Solutions for a uniform malfunction

December 2, 2013

I wrote briefly last week about a recent negative experience I had with Minneapolis police. Ironically, since that column, I had another incident at work, and the police were extremely helpful and competent....

A uniform malfunction

November 25, 2013

I received a very threatening phone call while at work a couple of weeks ago. I called Minneapolis police and insisted it wasn’t an emergency, but they sent two officers. For 20 minutes, the officers...

Out of focus

November 18, 2013

Blockbuster “Thor: The Dark World” dominated the American box office last week, racking up a whopping $108.5 million. The second-place finisher, “Last Vegas,” finished at a paltry...

Throw away your television

November 11, 2013

After last week’s elections, the news media is ablaze with predictions for the next election. The biggest beneficiary of this coverage is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose fabled 2016 presidential...

Hunger as the solution

November 4, 2013

The government downsized the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, Friday. SNAP assists 47.6 million Americans in affording food. This decision was made in the name of “fiscal...

Turning off your news feed

October 28, 2013

Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman interviewed British comedian Russell Brand last week, and according to Gawker, Brand “may have started a revolution.” Needless to say, the interview is making...

Kids these days

October 21, 2013

I had a class assignment this past week to go to a populated area where people interacted with their computers and cellphones, then observe those people and write a report on their behavior. Apart from...

This isn’t fantasy

October 14, 2013

The horrifying death of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s son Ty Doohen caught fire on social media last week, capturing the collective consciousness of Minnesota sports fans. Apart...

Where did the real news go?

October 7, 2013

This is an open letter to Sinead O’Connor and Miley Cyrus. I wasn’t going to write this letter, but I’m growing tired of seeing my Facebook news feed clogged by the incessant ramblings...

‘Breaking Bad’ reveals what’s broken

September 30, 2013

It’s over. AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” one of the greatest television shows ever created, ended last night, but what we take away from the series can’t end with simply moving on...

Another merry-go-round

September 23, 2013

Well, they’re at it again. On Friday, Republicans in the House of Representatives voted through a bill that would keep the government running only if the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” is...

A call for intervention

September 16, 2013

The United States and Russia came to an agreement Sept. 14 that will result in the removal or destruction of Syria’s entire chemical weapons arsenal by mid-2014 and postpone the chance of American...

Take away the keys

September 9, 2013

I was sitting outside of Kolthoff Hall last week when I heard another student complaining loudly about the police officer who had busted him for drunk driving. The student bemoaned the fact that he had...

Wishing for summer

July 31, 2013

Now, is July really over? I know it’s a time-honored cliché to remark that the years fly by faster and faster as you grow older, but this summer has been exceptionally short, hasn’t...

Unintended consequences

July 17, 2013

In my senior year of high school, I pirated a film for the first time. I had lost my copy of the 2001 stoner comedy “Out Cold,” figuring that since I already owned it there was little harm...

We forgot to care

July 3, 2013

On Tuesday, June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key component of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 5-4. The majority argued the act was written in a different social climate and therefore is no...

Fake skepticism

June 19, 2013

Over the past month or two it has not been uncommon to hear skeptics of global climate change mutter that the overlong winter/spring proves that it’s all a hoax. They argue that because the...

Their opinions matter

June 5, 2013

Last month Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson made headlines when, in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio, he stated that he is “not with” marriage equality. Facebook and Twitter...

The long goodbye

May 6, 2013

  I spend a lot of time thinking about movies. Usually it’s in sort of a passive way, like speaking in references, comparing the events of my life with the plot point tropes of my favorite films,...

Acceptable oppression

April 29, 2013

A very vocal minority of the U.S. population endorses and enables widespread, readily apparent Islamaphobia. The Boston Marathon bombings served as a stark reminder of this fact. Take Abdulrahman Ali Al-Harbi,...

The best and the brightest

April 22, 2013

Last Wednesday, members of the Senate voted down the most com­prehensive gun control measures proposed in decades, ignoring the public outcry for stricter background checks and bowing to an overvalued...

In the face of tragedy

April 18, 2013

  I didn’t know how to react to the tragedy that took place at the Boston Marathon. I was confused when it happened. I noticed a small group of people huddled around a television in the University...

Not so funny now

April 16, 2013

In 2009, an online poll by Time Magazine found that Jon Stewart was America’s most trusted newscaster. Simultaneous joy and horror aside, this result is telling in regard to the current state of...

The Next Step

April 15, 2013

The pinnacle of American exploration came in 1969 when Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. landed on the surface of the moon. This was not only a watershed moment, it also marked the...

Gilded, not gold

April 9, 2013

While navigating my way through the early years in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the abundance of references to various media “golden ages” has made me quite uncomfortable. The...

The glass slipper breaks

April 2, 2013

  As the seconds wound down on the Florida Gulf Coast University season, the significance of their accomplishments began to set in. They beat San Diego State University. They beat the Georgetown Hoyas....

Reforming entitlement

March 27, 2013

  It is common in Washington for politicians to misuse the word “entitlement.” The frequent inaccuracies weaken an already strained American discourse. Entitlements are so often confused...